Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Siete de Mayo!

Since Cinco de Mayo was on a week day this year, Mr. PT and I decided to have friends over for a Siete de Mayo party this weekend.  It was great celebrating the small amount of Mexican heritage we have (if any) with sangria, Corona, and some classic Mexican appetizers.  It was a blast. 

We served fresh, homemade guacamole and bean/corn salsa (provided by friends), fresh fruit, gummy bears, chicken and pepper quesadillas, and dark chocolate Hershey Kisses.  I did not get a picture of it, but the sangria had oranges, pineapple, strawberries, mango, and blackberries with white zinfandel wine and diet 7up.  It was the perfect spread for munching, drinking, and having a good time without over-stuffing ourselves with heavy food.  You CAN have a party and still serve healthy, fresh food that people WILL enjoy! 

I will fill you in on the recipe for the quesadillas, since I've already blogged about guacamole.  Friend with salsa, feel free to post your recipe in a comment box!

flour tortillas
chicken breasts (1-2, depending on how many you want to make!)
3 bell peppers, of all colors
red onion
marbled cheddar cheese, or Mexican cheese
red/black pepper
olive oil
Mexican spices (cumin, onion, garlic, oregano, cayenne pepper, etc)

Cut the chicken into small pieces and cook in a pan with olive oil and spices until thoroughly cooked.  Meanwhile, slice the peppers and onion and saute in a  pan with olive oil and spices until soft. Spread cheese, peppers, and chicken on half of a tortilla and fold the other half on top.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the tortillas are slightly crispy.  I made half with peppers and chicken and half with just peppers. Turn on some mariachi music, top with a sombrero and enjoy!

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